“The watershed study kind of revealed that Cane Run was the point that we needed to address, as opposed to Mill Creek,” said Tim Hauber, Clarksville town councilman and joint flood control board member.
He said in order to fix the Mill Creek pump station, the flood control district would eventually have to seek another bond. When that will take place, however, is unknown.
“It doesn’t have to happen quickly right now,” Hauber said. “If we tried to do them both, we’d have to do a referendum.”
Clarksville Stormwater Director Tom Clevidence agreed.
“The effects of flooding along Mill Creek are not as immediate and as far-reaching as the Cane Run Creek,” he said.
The plan determined would be to lower the Cane Run pump station 3 to 6 feet, which will provide some relief to flooding in the area, said Jorge Lanz, president of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc.
The Clarksville Town Council approved its resolution to allow the joint flood control district to seek the bond at its meeting Monday.
Part of the plan that has also been a point of contention between Moore and the council is the installation of a retention pond near Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue. The retention pond would direct water to the 10th Street pump station, or it would overflow into Cane Run.
“Our position is ... this does not take care of the entire problem, but it certainly would help,” Lanz said. “All of that runoff, and let’s face it, some combined sewage that was stored on top of the streets would have been stored in the pond. I think it would definitely improve,” Lanz said of the flooding Wednesday.
With the heavy rains Wednesday, Moore again raised calls to see the retention pond get built at the city’s redevelopment commission meeting.